Science Communications and Marine Public Information (SCAMPI)
Established in 1988 as a self-governing network of ocean science communicators, SCAMPI shares best practices and opportunities for collaboration in marine-related media activities. The organization includes communications, public-information, and media-relations professionals from leading institutions and government agencies that focus on ocean research and education.
The mission of SCAMPI is:
- To promote greater communication and collaboration among the communications professionals at institutions involved in ocean science research and education.
- To support efforts to unify the ocean sciences research and education communities.
- To develop joint media activities and other outreach programs to increase public support of ocean science research and education.
- To support, through a unified U.S. communications strategy, efforts for enhanced cooperation and collaboration on global ocean research and education programs.
Benefits of SCAMPI membership include:
- A network that fosters collaboration and cooperation on media relations among member institutions.
- Public Information Officers who can respond to print and electronic media queries on a variety of marine topics.
- Improved tracking of ocean sciences in the news nationwide.
- Opportunities to discuss current developments in technology, public relations practices, and media contacts/introductions.
- Opportunities to pool communications resources (everything from ship time to artwork).
- Improved communication between institutions and funding agencies.
COL hosts periodic SCAMPI conference calls so that SCAMPI members have a chance to discuss their latest work and opportunities for collaboration. SCAMPI meets every other year at a different host oceanographic institution, which offers SCAMPI members the opportunity to learn about other institutions. Institutions throughout the U.S. take turns hosting these events.
Officers – The SCAMPI Leadership:
SCAMPI Co-Chairs – Kim Fulton-Bennett, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute and Tara Hicks-Johnson, University of New Hampshire
SCAMPI Director – Allison Hays, Consortium for Ocean Leadership
For more information about SCAMPI or to inquire about membership,
please contact SCAMPI Chair Kim Fulton-Bennet